Chargers end Carrboro’s unbeaten string
Undefeated Northwood took wounded Carrboro to the woodshed 41-19 behind its big three of Ti Pinnix, Kadarus Rone and Jalen Smith at Falcons Stadium on Friday night.
The loss was the first in the regular season in 18 games for Carrboro (3-1), which most recently had lost a regular season game at home against Northwood on Oct. 7, 2011.
Carrboro, which uses between seven and nine players as starters both ways, went into the game without two-way starters Greyson Magee (fractured tibia) and lineman Andy Ixcajo (concussion), then lost star running back Trai Sharp to a knee injury on the first series of the game.
Sharp’s loss forced the Jaguars to move standout wide receiver Marlin Johnson to running back and ended his night in the defensive backfield.
Johnson, who caught scoring passes of 29, 24 and 37 yards from Jonah Mendys, injured his right ankle but kept playing.
“Losing Sharp was a momentum shift for us,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said. “Trai is a difference-maker. ... But we picked it up after he went out, and we really played well.”
Sharp carried three times for 41 yards on the first series of the game including a 33-yard run to the Northwood 22 on which he was hurt. His replacements carried 26 times for 45 yards the rest of the night.
Pinnix broke school records set only two weeks earlier, as he completed a record 39 passes of a record 61 attempts for 309 yards and four touchdowns.
Rone ran 12 times for 104 yards, caught 10 passes for 82 yards and scored three touchdowns including one on a pass from Pinnix. Smith caught 15 passes for 108 yards and three scores.
Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn praised his team for playing hard in the face of adversity, admitting that the injuries were a major factor in the loss. But he was upbeat about the status of both Sharp and Johnson.
He said Sharp “tweaked” his right knee and was held out for precautionary reasons. “He’ll be fine,” Tudryn said. “We were looking at the big picture. Our goals are bigger than going through the regular season undefeated.”
He added that Johnson’s ankle issues didn’t appear serious. The senior had hobbled through a state 2-AA title game loss last fall with a similar problem.
“A little duct tape and he’ll be fine,” Tudryn said.
NOTES — Defensive linemen had big nights for both teams. Carrboro’s Gerald Atwater had a pair of sacks and a tackle for loss, while Northwood’s Hunter Blackmon and Brady Koenning each had two sacks. ... Northwood defenders Darius Cole, Brian Harrington and Darius Horton each intercepted a Mendys pass, and Jacob Sipe recovered a fumble by Mendys on the last play of the game.
NORTHWOOD 41, CARRBORO 19
Northwood 7 14 13 7 — 41
Carrboro 7 6 6 0 — 19
C—Marlin Johnson 29 pass from Jonah Mendys (Simon Schlehubetre kick), 5:20
N—Kadarus Rone 6 pass from Ti Pinnix (Anthony Castro kick), 20.3
N—Jalen Smith 13 pass from Pinnix (Castro kick), 8:06
C—Johnson 24 pass from Mendys (kick blocked), 4:36
N—Smith 7 pass from Pinnix (Castro kick), 25.2
N—Rone 14 run (Castro kick) 9:58
N—Smith 6 pass from Pinnix (conversion failed), 4:07
C—Johnson 37 pass from Mendys (Pass intercepted), 1:33
N—Rone 8 run (Castro kick), 5:22
RUSHING—Northwood, Kadarus Rone 12-104, Ti Pinnix 4-15, Montel Goods 3-15, Kenton Edwards 3-13. Carrboro, Trai Sharp 3-41, Jonah Mendys 5-(minus-22), Marlin Johnson 6-18, Kenndrick Edwards 9-21, Rowe Mellott 6-28.
PASSING—Northwood, Ti Pinnix 39-61-0-309. Carrboro, Jonah Mendys 7-21-3-120.
RECEIVING—Northwood, Rone 10-82, Jalen Smith 15-108, Jared Worley 1-9, Brian Harrington 1-5, Spencer Robinson 1-24, Tyler Whitaker 1-4, Edwards 2-19, Anthony Upchurch 3-20, Jacob Fowler 2-18, Imoh Udoh 1-3. Carrboro, Marlin Johnson 3-90, Mellot 1-(minus-2), Edwards 1-1, Campbell Isom 1-5, Thomas Ritter 2-46.
Records—Northwood 4-0, Carrboro 3-1.